Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Little Birdie

This small olive green colored little bird called a large-billed reed warbler and is one of the rarest in the world. It was first cataloged in India in 1868 and hadn't been seen since until 2002 in Thialand. Very little is known about it since they are so scarce.

In 2008 the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) discovered one of these birds. They returned in 2009 and banded 20 of these warblers. What is so amazing to me is not that they discovered this bird but where they found it. WCS found it in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan along the border of China. What I want to know is why a group of scientists can find one of the worlds most rare birds but the United States Armed Forces cannot find Bin Ladin. (Don't get me wrong, I know they're looking hard, people are losing their lives doing it. I just think he's a master at hiding). It's hoped that the find of this bird will boost tourism in Afghanistan. In 2007 the country made between 4 - 7 billion dollars in tourism. Who would go there for a vacation?